Who is OLCS

Based in Gstaad, Switzerland, OLCS is an organization dedicated and believing in the transformational power of the outdoors. We are convinced that the outdoor environments can teach us important skills to master the challenges professional and private life holds for us. Having the expertise in rock climbing, mountaineering and risk management we are able to create powerful outdoor learning opportunities in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Our Instructors

OCLS instructors are extraordinary outdoor leaders and participants benefit from their decades of experience with outdoor leadership training, technical instruction and mountain guiding. Our instructors are not only technically skilled but passionate educators. They are committed to each and every student’s learning progress. Their dedication assures exceptional experiences beyond expectations.

Simon Bolton

The mountains always have been a big part of Simon’s life. Growing up in Gstaad he was introduced to the outdoors from an early age, probably skiing before he was able to walk. Over the years he developed a passion for climbing and skiing which would determine his later life. Deciding to make a living in the outdoors Simon trained as a Swiss Mountain Guide and has specialised in ski touring and free riding and is an acknowledged expert on avalanches. He is the owner of the Alpinzentrum Gstaad, one of the biggest outdoor providers in Switzerland, and founder of OLCS. Simon is a member of the Swiss Mountain Guide Association and a Board member of the Swiss Outdoor Association.

Volker Schweinbenz

Working for OLCS is a natural fit for Volker as it combines his enthusiasm of climbing and his passion regarding personal growth. While earning a master’s degree in educational science Volker started his career in outdoor leadership delivering outdoor trainings for corporate clients. During this time he discovered outdoor environments that were challenging and how they related to personal growth. Since then Volker has worked with adolescents and young people in many settings, including boarding schools as well as outdoor leadership camps. Volker is enthusiastic to help young people to discover their strengths and pass on the experience he gained on numerous adventures around the globe.